The Coloring Book

  • by Colin Quinn
  • Narrated by Colin Quinn
  • 4 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From former SNL "Weekend Update" host and legendary stand-up comedian Colin Quinn comes a controversial and laugh-out-loud investigation into cultural and ethnic stereotypes.
Colin Quinn has noticed a trend during his decades on the road - that Americans' increasing political correctness and sensitivity have forced us to tiptoe around the subjects of race and ethnicity altogether. Colin wants to know: What are we all so afraid of? Every ethnic group has differences, everyone brings something different to the table, and this diversity should be celebrated, not denied. So why has acknowledging these cultural differences become so taboo?
In The Coloring Book, Colin, a native New Yorker, tackles this issue head-on while taking us on a trip through the insane melting pot of 1970s Brooklyn, the many, many dive bars of 1980s Manhattan, the comedy scene of the 1990s, and post-9/11 America. He mixes his incredibly candid and hilarious personal experiences with no-holds-barred observations to definitively decide, at least in his own mind, which stereotypes are funny, which stereotypes are based on truths, which have become totally distorted over time, and which are actually offensive to each group and why.
As it pokes holes in the tapestry of fear that has overtaken discussions about race, The Coloring Book serves as an antidote to our paralysis when it comes to laughing at ourselves...and others.

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Colin Quinn is brilliant!

Colin Quinn is brilliant and this book shows it. If you loved his one man show then you will love this book! Part memoir, part study of New York City and current events without getting overtly political. Colin Quinn really might be the best man in America to have a discussion about race.
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- Virginia "Virginia Claire"

So Much Wrong With This Listen--Bah Humbug

I do like comedy, comedians, and sometimes I go to comedy clubs. My mother and all her family were from Brooklyn. I grew up in NY. So how could I not enjoy this book by a Brooklyn-born Irish comic?

I didn't find Quinn very funny and only got a few chuckles here and there. His delivery was stagnant--dull and monotone with no expression or pauses. After about an hour and a half, his true agenda became obvious. While he did a routine on his beliefs about racial characteristics based on his early experiences as a kid in Brooklyn, he really just wanted to reminisce and brag about his early years and misadventures in Brooklyn, in actuality enlightening us on how degenerate and disgusting he was. For some reason, he apparently believes/d he is/was quite the stud, writer, comedian, poet as he kept repeating this over and over. He also degenerated into sub-foul language (you will see from my other reviews that language has never been an issue for me.)

I guess if I had found his misadventures funny, I might have kept listening. But I didn't. I left at the 3 hour mark. Life is too precious for two more hours wasted on this stuff.
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- Kathy "Besides incessant listening to audiobooks, I also read on my Kindle at night, birdwatch, garden (roses, daylilies), and do genealogy."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-09-2015
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio